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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Darkest Hour by Anthony McCarten, read by Sean Barrett.

From the prize-winning screenwriter of The Theory of Everything, this is a cinematic, behind-the-scenes account of a crucial moment which takes us inside the mind of one of the world's greatest leaders - and provides a revisionist, more rounded portrait of his leadership.

May 1940. Britain is at war, European democracies are falling rapidly and the public are unaware of this dangerous new world. Just days after his unlikely succession to Prime Minister, Winston Churchill faces this horror - and a sceptical King and a party plotting against him. He wonders how he can capture the public mood and does so magnificently before leading the country to victory.

It is this fascinating period that Anthony McCarten captures in this deeply researched, gripping day-by-day (and often hour-by-hour) narrative. In doing so he revises the familiar view of Churchill - he made himself into the iconic figure we remember and changed the course of history, but through those turbulent and dangerous weeks he was plagued by doubt and even explored a peace treaty with Nazi Germany. It's a scarier and more human story than has ever been told.

©2017 Anthony McCarten (P)2017 Penguin AudioBooks

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  • Jo
  • 01-27-18

Educational and Inspirational

Enjoyed the insights into his formative years and their repercussions for his behavior pattern. Particularly like how the author delved into these events and how they affected his speech writing abilities. Churchill is humanized, yet his impact on history isn't diminished.

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  • mat brown
  • 01-19-18

Awesome insight into

Churchill’s humanity

If the film is as half as good as this book it’s going to be a corker!!

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  • Penny
  • 01-16-18

Superb

I loved The Darkest Hour by Anthony McCarten, the background to Churchill's beginnings as the new Prime Minister in May 1940 when Hitler was advancing through Europe and decisions he had to make as troops were being evacuated from Dunkirk. It is how he overcame the pressures from Halifax and Chamberlain to attempt to negotiate with the Italians, and how Churchill became the Churchill that took us through the war.
Brilliantly read by Sean Barrett, hope you enjoy it.

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  • Kevin
  • 07-10-18

Astounding book. Listened to it three times...

This is a really good read/listen. Factual and exciting. Beautifully narrated, bringing this incredible true tale alive. Will read a fourth time, no doubt....

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  • Happy-Hammer
  • 06-26-18

A different account of a well known story

Well researched and written, fine narration, Churchill made some very difficult choices. The author gives good analysis of the three monumental speeches that Churchill made in the first three months of his premiership and the sources of his oratory. He also gives some detail of Churchill's eccentricities which brought a smile to my face. The author draws some interesting conclusions, was Churchill prepared to negotiate a peace treaty with Hitler or was he simply trying to keep Halifax and Chamberlain on side? Highly enjoyable listen

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  • Bill Benham
  • 03-29-18

a truly inspiring and believable interpretation

This version of the early part of the Second World War is entirely convincing and shows what an amazing and inspiring a leader Churchill was. it clearly shows the incredible pressures he was under in May 1940 and paints a totally believable picture of a real man and all the contradictory forces being applied to him.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-27-18

great book with insight over the period of time. <br />

great book with a great insight over this period of time. read well a great listen

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  • Obi
  • 03-01-18

I learnt things i never knew

I am not one for reading things about the war and wasn't sure about this book. I found the book interesting and Churchill too. Everyone talk about the great man but back then, it was very different. Those who follow war books may not learn much but if you don't, then you may learn a thing or two about Churchill. He was quite a smart gentleman and i loved how changing one word, made a difference to his party.

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  • MANDOLIN
  • 02-07-18

History brought to life

Great story, splendid narration, the machinations of politics, the futility of war and the power of speech at its best.

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  • viletrog
  • 01-14-18

Better than I thought

I'm not a fan of the Churchills..think Winston was a chancer, and was capricious, when it came to the lives of working class people..we were fodder, Tony Pandy, where he had police shoot miners, and his failed battle in Turkey, not a very nice character, given his history..plus, Thatcher liked him, which confirmed my dislike..also, I remember his funeral on tv, when I was 11..very heavy, very miserable and seemed to go on and on..the narration is very good..and whilst it hasn't enamoured me to this man..it is an interesting piece of history..gives you a good bit of background..I've still no time for his family..they made £10 million by selling his'..papers back to us!!! Typical Tories!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-08-18

a national hero

fascinating insight into the political background of the events leading up to the outbreak of WW2 as well as the critical first few months of hostilities. Thank you Sir Winston for your determination and dogged will which saved the free world from Nazi domination. The narrator was excellent and added drama to a well told account of the unfolding events.

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